Should an inexperienced user use a registery cleaner?

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Kara9080

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I found this forums a couple days ago and someone is helping me with HijackThis and cleaning my log. Today I'm reading through some other forums and see people talking about registry editors. I've seen others get into the registry before and I've got into mine a couple times when I was given exact instructions on what to do.

My computer is 5 years old and has next to little maintenance. I'd like to clean up the computer as much as possible. I'm a beginner compared to most on these boards it seems but I'd consider myself intermediate with most family and friends (I know that doesn't explain much). I have the confidence I could do this if someone were to help me.

So, should I attempt to use a registry cleaner?

Thank you in advance for any replies,
Kara
 

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Hi Kara :)

There are probably more people that will tell you it's worth while than not, but my experience has always been poor. Over time, I've made adjustments and tweaks and the registry cleaners I've tried have always 'broken' something.
I use voice recognition and that's the one that seems prone to being rendered useless. I'm more concerened about what I don't realize gets broken than what's obvious.
I have to say at the same time, I have most of the software I need and do very little testing and uninstalling. So, the registry in my 98se machine sees few changes to begin with.
A good rule is "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" :D_:D
 

Kara9080

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Stoner -
Thanks for the reply. I am having "issues" with my computer so I'm looking to clean it up in everyway possible. I know I can have it wiped clean and get a fresh start but that'd cost me $80 and I rather do it myself if I can. Not only to save money but to learn more about computers along the way. I'm in the school of life :)

Bernie -
Thanks for the link. I'll check that out and see where I get with it. :)
 
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I have used various registry cleaners over the years and have never had problems that could be directly linked to their use.

The main problem as far as I can see is that there seems to be very little material available to 'prove' that routine registry cleaning is necessary or worthwhile doing.

I do have personal experience of using a cleaner to resolve a program installation problem, so, if you are having a specific problem, removing junk from your registry may well help.

Have a look at RegSupreme;http://www.macecraft.com/brief_rs/ I believe that the 30 day trial version is a full version that does 'clean', rather than just finding errors and then asking you to pay before it cleans.
 
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If you want an easy for-the-n00bs registry cleaner, use RegSeeker
It's free and whipe out hundreds of obsolete entries everytime :) .
http://www.hoverdesk.net/freeware.htm

I have use it dozen of times and I always delete all. It makes bakc ups anyway.
It's the best system freeware I'v ever seen.
 
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barncat, you are right. I just tried & it failed however I tried again while typing this & it worked. :confused: Must be server problems.


PS: Click the link in my original reply post. That one works.

Try again
 
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bkdc; I tried again, but get a popup page for 1000 dwnlwds or one for messenger ???/ .......thanks .....
 
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SpywareBlaster http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
AdAware SE http://www.majorgeeks.com/download506.html
SpyBot S&D 1.3 http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/

DL them (they are free), install them, check each for their
definition updates
and then run AdAware and Spybot, fixing anything
they say.

In SpywareBlaster - Always enable all protection after updates
SpyBot - After an update run immunize

Do these and reboot before the next step.

Then get HiJack This http://www.majorgeeks.com/download3155.html, put
it in a permanent folder (C:\HJT) , run it , DO NOT fix anything, post the
log here.
 
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